Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, March 31, 2020

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Psalm 143; 2 Kings 4:18-37; Ephesians 2:1-10

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, March 31, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Save me from death
1  Lord, hear my prayer,
     listen to my cry for mercy;
   in your faithfulness and righteousness
     come to my relief.
2  Do not bring your servant into judgment,
     for no one living is righteous before you.
3  The enemy pursues me,
     he crushes me to the ground;
   he makes me dwell in the darkness
     like those long dead.
4  So my spirit grows faint within me;
     my heart within me is dismayed.
5  I remember the days of long ago;
     I meditate on all your works
     and consider what your hands have done.
6  I spread out my hands to you;
     I thirst for you like a parched land.

7  Answer me quickly, Lord;
     my spirit fails.
   Do not hide your face from me
     or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8  Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
     for I have put my trust in you.
   Show me the way I should go,
     for to you I entrust my life.
9  Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
     for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
     for you are my God;
   may your good Spirit
     lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
     in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
     destroy all my foes,
     for I am your servant.

Elisha raises a child from death
4:18 The child grew, and one day he went out to his father, who was with the reapers. 19 He said to his father, “My head! My head!”

His father told a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 20 After the servant had lifted him up and carried him to his mother, the boy sat on her lap until noon, and then he died. 21 She went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, then shut the door and went out.

22 She called her husband and said, “Please send me one of the servants and a donkey so I can go to the man of God quickly and return.”

23 “Why go to him today?” he asked. “It’s not the New Moon or the Sabbath.”

“That’s all right,” she said.

24 She saddled the donkey and said to her servant, “Lead on; don’t slow down for me unless I tell you.” 25 So she set out and came to the man of God at Mount Carmel.

When he saw her in the distance, the man of God said to his servant Gehazi, “Look! There’s the Shunammite! 26 Run to meet her and ask her, ‘Are you all right? Is your husband all right? Is your child all right?’”

“Everything is all right,” she said.

27 When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, “Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me why.”

28 “Did I ask you for a son, my lord?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t raise my hopes’?”

29 Elisha said to Gehazi, “Tuck your cloak into your belt, take my staff in your hand and run. Don’t greet anyone you meet, and if anyone greets you, do not answer. Lay my staff on the boy’s face.”

30 But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.

31 Gehazi went on ahead and laid the staff on the boy’s face, but there was no sound or response. So Gehazi went back to meet Elisha and told him, “The boy has not awakened.”

32 When Elisha reached the house, there was the boy lying dead on his couch. 33 He went in, shut the door on the two of them and prayed to the Lord. 34 Then he got on the bed and lay on the boy, mouth to mouth, eyes to eyes, hands to hands. As he stretched himself out on him, the boy’s body grew warm. 35 Elisha turned away and walked back and forth in the room and then got on the bed and stretched out on him once more. The boy sneezed seven times and opened his eyes.

36 Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, “Call the Shunammite.” And he did. When she came, he said, “Take your son.” 37 She came in, fell at his feet and bowed to the ground. Then she took her son and went out.

Alive in Christ
2:1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan.

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The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, March 31, 2020
Psalm 143; 2 Kings 4:18-37; Ephesians 2:1-10

The Daily Prayer for TUESDAY, March 31, 2020

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The Daily Prayer
TUESDAY, March 31, 2020

Twentieth-century Jesuit theologian Henri de Lubac wrote, “The finest and boldest Christian effort, the freshest and most enduring, has always flourished from the roots of tradition.”

Lord, we mark time with hours, days, months, and years. You mark time in ways we cannot comprehend. Help us learn to mark time with worship, praise, and prayers, rooting our lives in the living tradition of your beloved community. Amen.

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, March 31, 2020

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Isaiah 53:5-6
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
  he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
  and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
  each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
  the iniquity of us all.
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The Lenten Prayer for TUESDAY, March 31, 2020 - Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent


40 Days of Lenten Prayers
Day 30 - Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Loving God,
You have heard my complaints, my impatience.
Sometimes I become frightened
when I move away from you.
Guide my heart back to you.
Help me to think beyond my own wants
and to desire only to do you will.

Thank you for the many blessings in my life
and for the ways I feel your presence.
Amen.

Un dia a la Vez - Martes 31 de marzo de 2020

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Oración por la unión de la familia

Dichosos todos los que temen al Señor [...] En el seno de tu hogar, tu esposa será como vid llena de uvas [...] tus hijos serán como vástagos de olivo.

¡Dios mío y Padre mío! Gracias por ser nuestro Padre. Gracias porque tú nunca nos dejarás ni nos abandonarás.

Te agradecemos porque de una manera sencilla puedo ver algunas de las cosas que esperas de mí como padre, como madre o como hijo.

Te pido perdón si no he desarrollado como es debido mi posición de hijo y de padre.

Te suplico que me des una nueva oportunidad para buscar más de ti y así obtener la sabiduría de cuidar a los míos de manera que sea un buen ejemplo para ellos.

Hoy, como familia, te rogamos que nos des un manto de unión y de protección. Que de una manera milagrosa sanes los corazones de cada uno de los que en este día se acogen a tu misericordia.

Te necesitamos y ponemos delante de ti todo hogar representado por cada persona que hoy hace esta oración.

Gracias, mi Dios, por la bendición de tener una familia.

Amén y amén.

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Oración por la unión de la familia

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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COMMISSIONING ASPECT OF COMMITMENT

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

The personal and trusting relationship between God and His followers now leads the believer to the commissioning aspect of commitment—a task that is characteristic of being His true followers—“and follow me.” This commitment is not to a task but to a person. To be a follower of Jesus is to be a disciple of Jesus. A disciple is one who follows the teaching of another; one who is like another; one who models after another.

What is the task to which he has called us? The task is none other than the words of what we call “The Great Commission”:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20)

The Christian’s task is nothing short of being a servant of Jesus Christ proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ and helping others become followers of Jesus. Our primary responsibility is neither overthrowing governments nor opposing ideologies but a proactive one of making disciples of all nations.

In the course of our obedience to God’s authority, we may come in conflict with the existing government. We have been called to be good citizens and history has proven that Christians are generally law-abiding and hard-working. But when conflicts come, the Christian is ready to choose his commitment to Christ over his or her commitment to local authorities (Acts 4:19–20).

RESPONSE: Today I complete my commitment to follow Jesus in sharing His love with others.

PRAYER: As a true disciple, I give myself, Lord, to the task of world evangelization starting where You place me today.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

LHM Daily Devotions - March 31, 2020 - THE END—OR NOT

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"THE END—OR NOT"

March 31, 2020

Then those who had seized Jesus led Him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. And Peter was following Him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end.

I've often wondered why hope is considered to be a virtue. They call faith, hope, and love the three theological virtues, and I can see the point for faith and love. But hope? I'm used to thinking of that as something that just happens to me, depending on my life circumstances. I don't usually think of myself as responsible for having hope!

But then we have Peter in this story—and I begin to see the point. What is going on in Peter's head? Whatever it is, it doesn't include hope at all, in spite of everything Jesus has said so clearly about His death and resurrection. Peter follows Jesus at a distance, manages to get inside the courtyard, and goes to sit with the guards, of all people. He doesn't stand with John or the servants. He is sitting with Jesus' oppressors—the people who look like the winning side.

And Matthew says, "He sat with the guards to see the end." Peter is expecting an end—an end to Jesus, in the most literal sense. He is not expecting anything good, in spite of Jesus' promises about His death and resurrection. For all the hope Peter has, Jesus might just as well have never said a word about the future.

I imagine Peter cringed when he thought about this later in life—after the resurrection when it became clear that all Jesus' promises were true. But at the time, it seemed reasonable. Maybe that's the point. Because there are times in our own lives when losing hope in God's promises seems like the reasonable thing to do. Hope looks foolish. We are tempted to go and sit down with the guards.

So how do we keep up our hope when we are surrounded by trouble on every side? We remember God's good promises. None of them have ever failed—not "I forgive you," not "I will be with you and deliver you," not "I will come again and take you to Myself." None of them have ever failed. Jesus is utterly trustworthy. You know it from your own life. Put your hope in Him when things seem darkest—and wait to see what He will do.

THE PRAYER: Lord, help me to hope in You when things seem hopeless. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  1. What are you hoping for right now—whether great or small?
  2. When has God helped you in a hopeless time?
  3. What promise of God means the most to you at this time?

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What are you hoping for right now—whether great or small?

Devocional CPTLN del 31 de marzo de 2020 - El fin o tal vez no


ALIMENTO DIARIO

El fin o tal vez no

31 de Marzo de 2020

Los que aprehendieron a Jesús lo llevaron ante el sumo sacerdote Caifás, donde estaban reunidos los escribas y los ancianos. Pero Pedro lo siguió de lejos hasta el patio del sumo sacerdote, y entró y se sentó con los alguaciles, para ver cómo terminaba aquello.

A menudo me he preguntado por qué la esperanza se considera una virtud. Llaman fe, esperanza y amor a las tres virtudes teologales, y puedo entenderlo respecto de la fe y el amor. ¿Pero la esperanza? Estoy acostumbrado a pensar en ella como algo que simplemente me sucede, dependiendo de las circunstancias de mi vida. ¡Normalmente no me considero responsable de tener esperanza!

Pero entones tenemos a Pedro en esta historia, y empiezo a ver el punto. ¿Qué está pasando por la cabeza de Pedro? Sea lo que sea, no incluye ninguna esperanza, a pesar de todo lo que Jesús ha dicho tan claramente sobre su muerte y resurrección. Pedro sigue a Jesús a cierta distancia, logra entrar al patio y va a sentarse con los guardias. Él no está con Juan o los sirvientes. Está sentado con los opresores de Jesús.

Y Mateo dice: "Se sentó con los alguaciles, para ver cómo terminaba aquello". Pedro espera un final, un final para Jesús, en el sentido más literal. No espera nada bueno.

Me imagino que Pedro se sintió un cobarde cuando pensó en esto después de la resurrección, cuando quedó claro que todas las promesas de Jesús eran verdaderas. Pero en ese momento parecía razonable. Quizás ese sea el punto. Porque hay momentos en nuestras vidas en que perder la esperanza en las promesas de Dios parece ser lo más razonable. Tener esperanza parece algo tonto.

Entonces, ¿cómo mantenemos la esperanza cuando estamos rodeados de problemas por todos lados? Recordando las promesas de Dios. Ninguna de ellas ha fallado nunca: ni "Te perdono", ni "Estaré contigo y te libraré", ni "Vendré otra vez por ti". Jesús es completamente confiable. Lo sabes por tu propia vida. Pon tu esperanza en él cuando las cosas parezcan oscuras, y espera a ver qué hará.

ORACIÓN: Señor, ayúdame a esperar en ti cuando las cosas parecen desesperadas. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
  1. ¿De qué manera te ha ayudado Dios en un tiempo sin esperanza?
  2. ¿Qué promesa de Dios significa más para ti en este momento?

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¿De qué manera te ha ayudado Dios en un tiempo sin esperanza?

Nuestro Pan Diario - La herencia no se gana

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La herencia no se gana

La escritura de hoy: Efesios 1:3-14
La Biblia en un año: Jueces 11–12; Lucas 6:1-26

… habiéndonos predestinado para ser adoptados hijos suyos por medio de Jesucristo, según […] su voluntad.

«Gracias por la cena, papá», dije mientras ponía mi servilleta en la mesa del restaurante. Había vuelto a casa durante unas vacaciones de la universidad, y después de haberme ido desde hacía tiempo, me pareció extraño que mis padres pagaran por mí. «De nada, Julie —respondió mi padre—; pero no tienes que agradecerme todo el tiempo. Sé que te has ido, pero sigues siendo mi hija y parte de la familia». Sonreí y dije: «Gracias, papá».

No he hecho nada para ganarme el amor de mis padres ni lo que ellos hacen por mí. Pero ese comentario me recuerda que yo tampoco he hecho nada para merecer ser parte de la familia de Dios.

En Efesios, Pablo dice a sus lectores que Dios los escogió para que fueran «santos y sin mancha» (1:4), o para ser presentados sin mancha delante de Él (5:25-27). Pero esto es posible solo por medio de Cristo, en quien tenemos «redención por su sangre, el perdón de pecados según las riquezas de su gracia» (1:7). No tenemos que ganar la gracia de Dios, el perdón ni la entrada a su familia. Simplemente, aceptamos su regalo.

Al creer en Cristo, nos convertimos en hijos de Dios, lo cual significa que recibimos vida eterna y tenemos una herencia que nos espera en el cielo. ¡Alabado sea Dios por ofrecer un regalo tan maravilloso!

De:  Julie Schwab

Reflexiona y ora
Padre, gracias por entregar a tu Hijo para poder ser parte de tu familia.
¿De qué maneras sientes o actúas como que te ganaste el amor de Dios? ¿Cómo puedes experimentar a diario la libertad de su amor?

© 2020 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario
No he hecho nada para ganarme el amor de mis padres ni lo que ellos hacen por mí.

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, March 30, 2020

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Psalm 143; 1 Kings 17:17-24; Acts 20:7-12

The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, March 30, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Save me from death
1  Lord, hear my prayer,
     listen to my cry for mercy;
   in your faithfulness and righteousness
     come to my relief.
2  Do not bring your servant into judgment,
     for no one living is righteous before you.
3  The enemy pursues me,
     he crushes me to the ground;
   he makes me dwell in the darkness
     like those long dead.
4  So my spirit grows faint within me;
     my heart within me is dismayed.
5  I remember the days of long ago;
     I meditate on all your works
     and consider what your hands have done.
6  I spread out my hands to you;
     I thirst for you like a parched land.

7  Answer me quickly, Lord;
     my spirit fails.
   Do not hide your face from me
     or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8  Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
     for I have put my trust in you.
   Show me the way I should go,
     for to you I entrust my life.
9  Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
     for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
     for you are my God;
   may your good Spirit
     lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
     in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
     destroy all my foes,
     for I am your servant.

Elijah raises the widow’s son
17:17 Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. 18 She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?”

19 “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. 20 Then he cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, have you brought tragedy even on this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” 21 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”

22 The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. 23 Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!”

24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth.”

Paul raises a young man
20:7 On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. 9 Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. 10 Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” 11 Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. 12 The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan.

The Daily Lectionary is a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, March 30, 2020
Psalm 143; 1 Kings 17:17-24; Acts 20:7-12

The Daily Prayer for MONDAY, March 30, 2020

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The Daily Prayer
MONDAY, March 30, 2020

Peter Maurin, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, said, “The world would be better off if people tried to become better. And people would become better if they stopped trying to become better off.”

Lord, our efforts at faithfulness are fraught with failure more often than we care to admit. Thank you that your love for us is never wasted. Keep us rooted in your word, eating at your table, and praying by your Spirit, so that we may remember when we fail that we are part of your family not because we deserve to be but because you want us. Amen.

Verse of the Day for MONDAY, March 30, 2020

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Isaiah 53:3-4
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
  a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
  he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
  and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
  stricken by him, and afflicted.
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The Lenten Prayer for MONDAY, March 30, 2020 - Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent


40 Days of Lenten Prayers
Day 29 - Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

God of love,
I know that you are the source of all
that is good and graced in my life.
Help me to move from the life of sin
to which I so often cling,
into the new life of grace you offer me.
You know what I need to prepare for your kingdom.
Bless me with those gifts.
Amen.

Un dia a la Vez - Lunes 30 de marzo de 2020

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Hijos, valoremos a nuestros padres

Escucha a tu padre, que te engendró, y no desprecies a tu madre cuando sea anciana.

Padres y madres, no se vayan de la meditación de hoy. Nosotros también somos hijos.

Aunque ya lo mencioné al inicio de este libro, el único mandamiento con promesa es que honremos a nuestros padres para tener una larga vida.

¿Te imaginas lo que para Dios significa el respeto a ellos que hasta puede ser una condición para vivir muchos años?

Sé que cuando somos jóvenes y adolescentes, los consejos de papá y mamá son a veces hasta fastidiosos. Su compañía en ciertas edades hasta molesta en determinadas etapas de la vida. Salir con ellos… ¡huy, qué pena!

No obstante, todo esto pasa y, a medida que vamos creciendo, madurando, aprendiendo y perdonando, vamos cambiando la manera de verlos y respetarlos.

Cuando llegamos a la etapa de ser padres, es que al fin apreciamos todo lo que hicieron por nosotros. Cuando esos hijos crecen y nos faltan al respeto o nos hacen sufrir, por fin nos ponemos en los zapatos de nuestros papás que nos aconsejaban y velaban por nuestro bienestar.

Nunca es tarde para atenderlos, para acompañarlos, para disfrutarlos y hacer lo que dice la Biblia: «Honra a tu padre y a tu madre» (Éxodo 20:12).

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Padres y madres, no se vayan de la meditación de hoy. Nosotros también somos hijos.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Monday, March 30, 2020

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ENTRUSTING ASPECT OF COMMITMENT

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

On the basis of certain facts, a relationship has been established between two parties. Now there must be actual evidence to prove that one has made that commitment. This is the aspect of entrusting oneself to that second party. In our Luke text, we see two phrases that reflect this entrusting aspect of commitment, “deny yourself” and “take up your cross daily.”

Deny Yourself: The word “deny” literally means “say no to oneself” or “renounce self—leave self behind.” The biblical concept of commitment calls the follower of Jesus to “deny oneself” not self-denial. This is not to deny something, but a more complete and total denial of oneself in which one no longer seeks for what pleases self.

This is in direct contrast to the normal way of life where everyone is out for himself or herself. The basic sinful nature of the world, whether communist, capitalist or revolutionary is the same. It desires the promotion of self at the expense of someone else. Jesus says his followers will be known as those who deny themselves.

Take Up Your Cross Daily: The second part is even more extreme. Commitment also calls for the taking up of the cross. In commitment to Jesus, you deny yourself even to the point of willingness to go to your own execution! We only commit ourselves to the point of willingness to die when we understand that the present life ends up in death anyway and the One who has promised us forgiveness and eternal life can really deliver.

In Jesus Christ, the believer has found real life. Therefore the denying of self and the way of the cross are only logical steps for him or her to take.

A young man who had recently become a Christian was returning home to a country where the punishment for conversion to Christ was death. He was asked whether or not he was afraid to go back. He replied, “I have already died in Christ!

Jim Elliott, a missionary who was martyred in Ecuador, said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

RESPONSE: Today I will commit to entrust myself to Jesus by denying self and taking up my cross.

PRAYER: Lord, I entrust myself to You and purpose to live the rest of my life to the fullest in ways that only You decide.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

Women of the Bible - Monday, March 30, 2020

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Jael

Her name means: "A Wild or Mountain Goat"

Her character: Decisive and courageous, she seized the opportunity to slay an enemy of God's people.
Her sorrow: To be lauded by Deborah and Barak for her part in a decisive victory.
Key Scriptures: Judges 4-5

Her Story

Jael watched uneasily through the flaps of her tent as clouds swept the blue from the sky and rain fell like a shroud across the horizon. Sisera, she knew, had marched to Tabor. But what good were iron chariots in a flooded valley? she wondered. Yet the Israelites were poorly armed, with little chance of prevailing. Still, she remembered the stories of Moses and the people he had led across the wilderness. Had their God, she wondered, been asleep these many years?

The sight of a man running, then stumbling toward her interrupted her thoughts. A soldier fleeing? Was he Israelite or Canaanite? His identity might reveal the way the winds of battle were blowing. She went out to meet him, surprised to find that Sisera himself was approaching, dirty and bleeding.

"Come, my lord, come right in. Don't be afraid," she welcomed him.

"I'm thirsty," he said. "Please give me some water." Instead, Jael opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink.

"Stand in the doorway of the tent," he told her. "If someone comes by and asks you, 'Is anyone here?' say 'No.'"

As soon as Sisera fell into an exhausted asleep, Jael picked up a tent peg and hammer. Her arm was steady, her aim sure. Hadn't she been in charge of the tents all these years? Quickly, she thrust the peg through his temple and into the ground. Like a piece of canvas fixed in place, Sisera, the great general, lay dead, slain by a woman's hand, just as Deborah had prophesied to Barak.

Was Jael a hero, an opportunist, or merely a treacherous woman? It is difficult to know. She and her husband, Heber, were Kenites, members of a nomadic tribe whose survival depended on its ability to stay clear of local disputes. Her husband had made his peace with the Canaanites despite his descent from Hobab, Moses' brother-in-law. Perhaps ancient ties had no longer seemed expedient, considering the power of the Canaanite rulers. But Jael may have believed in Israel's God. Or perhaps she merely wanted to curry favor with the Israelites, the day's clear winners. Certainly, Barak and Deborah approved of her, singing:
Most blessed of women be Jael,
  the wife of Heber the Kenite,
  most blessed of tent-dwelling women.
He asked for water, and she gave him milk;
  in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk.
Her hand reached for the tent peg,
  her right hand for the workman's hammer.
She struck Sisera, she crushed his head,
  she shattered and pierced his temple.
At her feet he sank,
  he fell; there he lay.
At her feet he sank, he fell;
  where he sank, there he fell—dead. — Judges 5:24-27
Jael's treachery and Deborah's gloating strike us as bloodthirsty, all the more so because we don't usually attribute such behavior to women. But by the standards of ancient warfare, both were heroes. Both were decisive and courageous women who helped God's people at a critical moment in history.

Her Promise

Behind the story of Jael and the death of Sisera is a God who promised never to forget his people and who holds to that promise. When hope seems dim and the prospect of victory seems close to impossible, God is at work, bringing about his plan.

The people of Israel during the time of the judges must have worn God to exasperation with their continual wavering. When times were good, they easily forgot God and went their own way. But as soon as times got tough, they went running to him for deliverance.

Sound like anyone you know? The story of the wavering of God's people continues even today. We so easily move forward on our own, thinking we can handle it all until we run up against something too hard for us. Only then do we run to God for help.

But what an amazing God he is. Always there. Always willing to rescue us when we call. Always willing to forgive.

This devotional is drawn from Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Jean Syswerda. Used with permission.
Decisive and courageous, she seized the opportunity to slay an enemy.

LHM Daily Devotions - March 30, 2020 - JESUS IN COMMAND

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"JESUS IN COMMAND"

March 30, 2020

So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to Him, came forward and said to them, "Whom do you seek?" They answered Him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I am He."... When Jesus said to them, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground. So He asked them again, "Whom do you seek?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus answered, "I told you that I am He. So, if you seek Me, let these men go."

How strange it must have been for the soldiers who came to arrest Jesus! No doubt they had arrested many people before, but this must have been the first to take total command of the scene. Look at the language: "Jesus, knowing all that would happen to Him, came forward ..." Who does that, willingly stepping forward to be arrested?

And then He confirms His identity twice over, just in case they didn't catch it the first time. He uses the very Name of God about Himself—the words "I am He" point us to "I AM," which is God's Name for Himself, which He revealed to Moses in Exodus 3, the burning bush. No wonder the soldiers fell to the ground. That is the Name of ultimate power, the Name above all names. It must have been clear to the soldiers in that moment that they could do nothing to Him unless He permitted it.

Which is exactly what He did. Instead of using His power and authority to save Himself, He used it for one purpose only: "If you seek Me, let these men go." Jesus was focused on protecting His followers. None of them would be lost on His watch.

I imagine the soldiers were thoroughly shaken up by this point. At any rate, they arrested none of the disciples. Jesus surrendered Himself, and the disciples went free.

And that, of course, is exactly what Jesus has done for us as well. Suffering and death? He chose that part for Himself. But freedom—He chose that for His disciples, including you. He chose protection, safety, freedom, life. Those are the gifts that He bought for you with His own life. He loves you that much.

THE PRAYER: Thank You, dear Lord, for giving me protection and life. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  1. Have you ever seen an arrest in real life or on the news? What happened?
  2. When have you protected someone else at your own cost?
  3. Why did you protect that person? What does that tell you about Jesus' motives?

Lenten Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
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Devocional CPTLN del 30 de marzo de 2020 - Jesús está a cargo


ALIMENTO DIARIO

Jesús está a cargo

30 de Marzo de 2020

Así que Judas tomó una compañía de soldados... fue allí con linternas, antorchas y armas. Pero Jesús, que sabía todas las cosas que le habían de sobrevenir, se adelantó y les preguntó: "¿A quién buscan?" Le respondieron: "A Jesús nazareno." Jesús les dijo: "Yo soy." ... Cuando les dijo: "Yo soy", ellos retrocedieron y cayeron por tierra. Él volvió a preguntarles: "¿A quién buscan?" Y ellos dijeron: "A Jesús nazareno." Respondió Jesús: "Ya les he dicho que yo soy. Si es a mí a quien buscan, dejen que éstos se vayan."

¡Qué extraño debe haber sido para los soldados que fueron a arrestar a Jesús! Sin duda habían arrestado a muchas personas antes; pero Jesús debe haber sido el primero en tomar control de la escena. Observa el lenguaje: "Jesús, que sabía todas las cosas que le habían de sobrevenir, se adelantó y les preguntó." ¿Quién hace eso de dar un paso adelante voluntariamente para ser arrestado?

Y luego confirma su identidad dos veces, en caso de que no la hayan captado la primera vez, usando el mismo nombre de Dios para sí mismo: "YO SOY" en griego, que es el nombre para sí mismo que Dios le reveló a Moisés en Éxodo 3. No es de extrañar que los soldados cayeran al suelo. Les debe haber quedado claro que no podrían hacerle nada a menos que él lo permitiera.

Y Jesús, en lugar de usar su poder para salvarse, lo usó con otro propósito: "Si es a mí a quien buscan, dejen que éstos se vayan." Jesús estaba enfocado en proteger a sus seguidores.

Me imagino que los soldados estaban conmocionados, pues no arrestaron a ninguno de los discípulos. Jesús se entregó y los discípulos se fueron libres.

Eso es lo que Jesús ha hecho por nosotros: eligió el sufrimiento y la muerte. Él eligió esa parte para sí mismo. Pero para los discípulos y para ti eligió la libertad. Eligió protección, seguridad, libertad, vida. Esos son los regalos que compró para ti con su propia vida.

ORACIÓN: Gracias, querido Señor, por darme protección y vida. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
  1. ¿Cuándo has protegido a alguien a tu propio costo?
  2. ¿Por qué protegiste a esa persona? ¿Qué te dice eso de los motivos de Jesús?

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Notre Pain Quotidien - Un pain béni

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Un pain béni

Lisez : Matthieu 26.26-29
La Bible en un an : Juges 11 – 12 ; Luc 6.1-26

Jésus ayant pris le pain et ayant béni, le rompit.

À l’occasion du treizième anniversaire de notre aînée, ma femme et moi lui avons fait cadeau d’un journal dans lequel nous avions écrit depuis sa naissance. Nous y avions consigné ce qui lui plaisait et déplaisait, des caprices et des répliques mémorables. À un certain point, nos entrées sont devenues plus comme des lettres, décrivant ce que nous voyions en elle et comment nous voyions Dieu œuvrer dans sa vie. Lorsque nous le lui avons remis, elle en est restée bouche bée. Elle venait de recevoir en cadeau la connaissance d’une partie cruciale des origines de son identité.

En bénissant quelque chose d’aussi commun que du pain, Jésus révélait l’identité de celui-ci. Ce que le pain, en plus de toute la création, illustrait : la gloire de Dieu. Je crois que Jésus signifiait aussi par-là l’avenir du monde matériel. Toute la création sera un jour remplie de la gloire de Dieu. Ainsi, en bénissant le pain (MT 26.26), Jésus désignait à la fois l’origine et la destinée de la création (RO 8.21,22).

Il se peut que le « commencement » de votre histoire semble gâché ou que vous n’ayez pas l’impression d’avoir de l’avenir, mais il existe une histoire qui transcende la vôtre. Celle d’un Dieu qui vous a fait pour une raison, en prenant plaisir à vous créer ; un Dieu venu pour vous sauver (MT 26.28) ; un Dieu qui a mis son Esprit en vous afin de renouveler votre identité ; un Dieu qui désire vous bénir.
Précieux Jésus, je remets ma vie comme du pain entre tes mains. Toi seul peux me ramener à mon état originel.
Dieu désire nous bénir et être au centre de l’histoire de notre vie.


© 2020 Ministères NPQ
À l’occasion du treizième anniversaire de notre aînée, ma femme et moi lui avons fait cadeau d’un journal dans lequel nous avions écrit depuis sa naissance.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The Sunday Lectionary Readings for SUNDAY, March 29, 2020 — Fifth Sunday in Lent

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Fifth Sunday in Lent
Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

The Sunday Lectionary Readings
SUNDAY, March 29, 2020 — Fifth Sunday in Lent
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Come Out! On the Breath of God
Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

Opening Statement
Hope is not only a life and death matter, hope is a life in death matter. Hope finds its greatest challenge, and shines its greatest light, when life stands in the face of death and affirms that God remains trustworthy. Ezekiel is called to prophesy such hope in a valley of dried bones and lost dreams. The psalmist proclaims hope from the depths, as one who waits for the gift of a morning yet to dawn. And Jesus, stricken with a grief born of love, speaks hope into Lazarus’s tomb, calling his friend forth as a sign of God’s glory and of our hope.

Opening Prayer
(adapted from Psalm 130, John 11)
God of life, present and promised, you are the One to whom we call: for you are the One who hears, and you are the One who acts, bringing us new life with your grace and love and power. Lead us in our time of worship, that we may be prepared to follow your lead in places where life is at risk—places where hope seems far away, places where dreams die during sleep. Help us live the teachings we proclaim through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect
(from the Book of Common Prayers)
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer of Confession
(adapted from Ezekiel 37, Psalm 130, John 11)
Forgive us, O God, when we see the world through rose-colored glasses rather than as it really is, much less the way you seek it to be. Forgive us, Holy One, when we forsake lively and risky faith calling us to be agents of change in our world for the bland conviction that all will be well. Renew us with your grace and ground us with your Spirit, that we might be empowered to live, in word and deed, as testimonies to the power of your love over the grave. In Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Words of Assurance
(adapted from Ezekiel 37, Romans 8)
The God we serve is the God of life, the God of hope, the God of new beginnings—even for dried-up bones and shattered dreams. That rattling of bones in Ezekiel’s vision may be heard as the shackles that once held us down in fear, sin, prejudice, and guilt. God defies these deadly entanglements with the power of life. This we trust, and by this we live. Thanks be to God!

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Reading
The dry bones of Israel
37:1 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”


Mercy and redemption
1  Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2    Lord, hear my voice.
   Let your ears be attentive
     to my cry for mercy.

3  If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
     Lord, who could stand?
4  But with you there is forgiveness,
     so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

5  I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
     and in his word I put my hope.
6  I wait for the Lord
     more than watchmen wait for the morning,
     more than watchmen wait for the morning.

7  Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
     for with the Lord is unfailing love
     and with him is full redemption.
8  He himself will redeem Israel
     from all their sins.

Second Reading
Life in the Spirit
8:6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

Gospel Acclamation
(John 11:25, 26)
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”

In the midst of a valley filled with bones, amidst the stench of a tomb’s death and decay, a voice cries out in the name of life. And in holy mystery, life comes forth. These are the stories we are told. But are these the stories we will trust? Are these the stories we will live by?

The Gospel
The raising of Lazarus
11:1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”

9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”

11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”

12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.

14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.


Here end the Readings


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The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Benediction
Come out! Jesus commands, and calls us from the tombs of our existence into the brightness of a new day.

Come out! Jesus cries, and unbinds us from the chains of our past.

Come out! Jesus calls, and entices us into a world filled with grace and possibility.
So:
Go out! Into a world that needs our life, our breath, our spirit!

Go out! Into a world that needs the Spirit of God, carried on our lips and in our loving arms.

Go out! Into the world to live as God’s resurrected people!

Go out: and go on the breath of God’s holy wind!

Closing Prayer

Lord, thank you that we are a family in Christ. Help us to share his love and legacy with everyone that we encounter this week. May we lavish Christ’s abounding goodness upon our families, friends and colleagues. Holy Spirit, come and equip us in our workplace, guide us in our school life, and inspire us in our neighborhood. May we be your hands and feet to the needy, your words of affirmation to the oppressed and your arms of comfort to the lonely.

Thank you for choosing to use us to bring your kingdom here on earth. Amen.

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The Daily Lectionary for SUNDAY, March 29, 2020 — Fifth Sunday in Lent
Come Out! On the Breath of God
Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45